University of the West of Scotland

Postgraduate Programme Specification

Session: 2020/21

Last modified: 06/08/2020 11:18:30

Named Award Title:MSc Sport Coaching

Award Title for Each Award: MSc  Sport Coaching
PG Dip  Sport Coaching
PG Cert  Sport Coaching

Awarding Institution/Body: University of the West of Scotland
Language of Instruction & Examination: English
Award Accredited By:N/A
Maximum Period of Registration:
Mode of Study:Full Time
Part Time
Campus:Lanarkshire

School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Programme Leader:Dr Hayley McEwan

Admission Criteria

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admission requirements of the University of the West of Scotland as specified in Chapter 2 of the University Regulatory Framework together with the following programme requirements:

Appropriate Undergraduate Qualification
The University’s general entry requirement for admission to a taught postgraduate programme is an undergraduate degree.
Other Required Qualifications/Experience

Your application may also be considered if you have other academic, vocational or professional qualifications deemed to be of equivalence. For example, if you have UKCC or National Governing Body (NGB) accreditation of some academic equivalence and have extensive experience in the area, you may be considered via interview.


Further desirable skills pre-application

You should provide some evidence of coaching experience with which to drive and direct programme engagement and personal progress.


General Overview

The MSc Sport Coaching programme is designed for coaches and graduates seeking to develop specialist knowledge in sport coaching. The course is designed around work-based learning to allow you to build on your existing experience and enhance your coaching competencies. The focus of the programme is to adopt current and innovative research in applied coaching for you to consider how best to apply this to practice. You will learn in a collaborative environment with other coaches and teaching staff. The programme is designed as a pathway for career development in the sports coaching profession. You will study your own coaching and the coaching of others and be supported by a supervisor who specialises in an area of of interest to you (e.g., psychology, performance analysis, conditioning, pedagogy). You will learn to apply investigative methods to your coaching to improve both your own and your athlete's practice. You will study professional judgement and decision-making in order to enhance your planning ability and prepare to optimise your athlete's development.

The MSc Sport Coaching will benefit from UWS staff multi-disciplinary expertise and networks to provide an academic application to the contemporary understanding of coaching environments. Teaching staff have strong practitioner links and apply their knowledge in areas such as performance analysis, sport conditioning, and sport psychology. Modern coaches have to be knowledgeable and apply skills in each of these domains. The supervised experience model will provide a basis for career development in the sports coaching profession with specialist knowledge in your chosen area. Throughout this process you will learn how to put theory into practice whilst developing reflective, analytical and critical thinking skills.

From their consultancy work, teaching staff have strong working relationships with sports organisations, including professional sport teams, and public and private sport providers. In addition, the university has a number of partnerships with sports teams (e.g. UWS Sirens) which may support you in work-based learning roles.


Graduate Attributes, Employability & Personal Development Planning

The ‘I AM UWS’ graduate attributes have been developed to reflect that vision where UWS graduates are work-ready and able to successfully contribute both locally and globally. As part of the programme design and development, the graduate attributes are aligned with all aspects of module and programme delivery.

Personal development planning is embedded in all of the MSc Sport Coaching modules. The process of personal development is implicit in all activities and engagement with students.

There are a range of employment markets for graduate sport coaches, including professional sports clubs, commercial and social enterprises, local authority sports programmes, schools, disability sports clubs, and national governing bodies (NGBs). Roles include academy coach, specialist technical coach, coach educator and coach manager. There is also potential for progression to a career in education or further research (e.g., doctoral studies).

Work Based Learning/Placement Details

This work-based learning (WBL) programme can either be situated with your existing employer or an alternative employer. If you are not currently working, placements can be accessed to enable you to gain experience in your chosen role with one of our partners.

The WBL activities are embedded throughout the programme. This can allow for continuity of progression in one coaching environment and also deepen collaborative relationships between you and industry. WBL activities are self-constructed, affording you the opportunities to investigate and intervene in the coaching problems most pertinent to your development.

The WBL strand of the programme runs from Supervised Experience in Sport Coaching 1 and 2, to Evaluating Practice, and culminates in the Applied Coaching Project. Throughout these modules you will be supported by a supervisor in the selection of a relevant work environment, the identification of an area for investigation within the environment, and the evaluation and reflection of the research and evidence applied to the environment. The WBL modules reflect the United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC) Level 4 generic competencies. Furthermore, the WBL modules are underpinned by the knowledge sets that are a requirement of British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) Accreditation.

You will be given the opportunity to self-assess, peer-assess or ‘other’ assess coaching practice in applied settings. You will learn observational analysis skills, interview skills and develop your own coaching ability and the ability of others in an authentic coaching environment.

Engagement and Attendance

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time.


Programme structures and requirements, SCQF level, term, module name and code, credits and awards ( Chapter 1, Regulatory Framework )

A. PG Cert
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Critically understand relevant theories, frameworks and principles in consideration of application to coaching practice.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Apply a range of specialised skills and practices that can contribute towards creative solutions to complex coaching problems.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Communicate using appropriate methods to a range of audiences with different levels of knowledge/expertise.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to selected issues relevant to personal coaching practice.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional activities.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11SPOR11020Supervised Experience in Sport Coaching 120      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11SPOR11014Coach Development20       Long thin module
11SPOR11016Evaluating Practice20      
11SPOR11017Investigating Coaching 120      
11SPOR11018Investigating Coaching 210      
11SPOR11019Planning for Coaching10      
11SPOR11021Supervised Experience in Sport Coaching 220      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes
Part time students are advised to take Supervised Experience 1, Supervised Experience 2 and Coach Development in their first year.

Criteria for Progression and Award

The exit award is PG Cert Sport Coaching. The requirements for which are 60 credits.


B. PG Dip
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate a critical understanding of the planning and evaluation process applied to sport coaching.
A2Design and implement an optimal learning environment based on contemporary research to influence athletes' performance needs.
A3Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the research process relevant to coaching practice.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Apply a range of standard and specialised investigative approaches and techniques to the study of personal coaching practice.
B2Apply a plan of coaching to improve both coach and athlete development.
B3Critically monitor and evaluate the efficacy of an applied complex coaching intervention using relevant practices.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Demonstrate the skills for presenting and appraising evidence with a multi-disciplinary team and support staff.
C2Demonstrate a high level of communication skills in various coaching contexts.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Evaluate personal coaching performance and development, demonstrating self-awareness and taking responsibility for actions.
D2Display enhanced abilities to critique evidence and interpret feedback relating to coaching interventions, development and performance.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Work in a peer relationship with multi-disciplinary team members.
E2Demonstrate decision-making skills at intra- and inter-personal levels.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11SPOR11020Supervised Experience in Sport Coaching 120      
11SPOR11021Supervised Experience in Sport Coaching 220      
11SPOR11014Coach Development20       Long thin module
11SPOR11019Planning for Coaching10      
11SPOR11017Investigating Coaching 120      
11SPOR11018Investigating Coaching 210      
11SPOR11016Evaluating Practice20      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Progression and Award

The exit award is PG Diploma Sport Coaching. The requirements for which are 120 credits.


C. Masters
Learning Outcomes (Maximum of 5 per heading)

Knowledge and Understanding

A1Demonstrate critical and multidisciplinary insight of the coaching process to develop research questions and conduct associated research.

Practice - Applied Knowledge and Understanding

B1Demonstrate originality and creativity in the application of science to the assessment, intervention, evaluation and reflection of selected coaching issues relevant to personal coaching practice.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills

C1Convey complex ideas in a coherent, relevant form to diverse audiences.

Generic Cognitive Skills - Problem Solving, Analysis, Evaluation

D1Demonstrate the ability to selectively apply knowledge acquired elsewhere in the programme to an evolving applied coaching issue.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working With Others

E1Develop as an independent researcher by planning and executing a significant applied coaching project relevant to personal coaching practice.
E2Work with relevant stakeholders in the coaching process to share the findings of the applied coaching project in written and verbal form.

Core Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
11SPOR11015Applied Coaching Project60      

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Optional Modules
SCQF Level Module CodeModule NameCreditTermFootnotes
123
               

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

Footnotes

Criteria for Award

For the award of MSc Sport Coaching students must have successfully completed the Applied Coaching Project module as well as the requirements for successful completion of the seven underpinning modules of this degree. A distinction can be awarded where students have met criteria of the University regulations but will be calculated on the basis of 180 credits of which a minimum of 150 credits are at Level 11 and none less than SCQF Level 10 within the programme, and not solely on the Applied Coaching Project component of the award.


Regulations of Assessment

Candidates will be bound by the general assessment regulations of the University as specified in the University Regulatory Framework .

An overview of the assessment details is provided in the Student Handbook and the assessment criteria for each module is provided in the module descriptor which forms part of the module pack issued to students. For further details on assessment please refer to Chapter 3 of the Regulatory Framework.

To qualify for an award of the University, students must complete all the programme requirements and must meet the credit minima detailed in Chapter 1 of the Regulatory Framework.



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